Parks Conference 2017

Canadian Parks Conference 2017 Papers

The 2017 Canadian Parks Conference was held March 8-11, 2017 at the Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta. Its theme was Parks, Protected Areas, Open Spaces and Public Places.

A Healthy Parks Tool to Assess and Monitor the Health Benefits of a Park

This workshop guides park administrators with the use of The Healthy Park Healthy People Tool, a self assessment tool developed in 2016 by...

Building Resiliency in Metro Vancouver's Regional Parks: The Next 50 Years

Co-Presenters: Jeffrey Fitzpatrick, Jamie Vala, and Councillor Heather Dale This presentation looks ahead to the next 50 years exploring...

Climate and Conservation: the role of parks in large landscape and seascape science, planning, and action

This session includes several presentations that discuss climate change and conservation and the role of parks in large landscape and...

Collecting information from people on the go: A creative approach to gathering research data in parks

This presentation outlines the methodological approach used to collect information for a study of outdoor recreationists’ use and...

Conservation 2020: Pathway to Canada Target 1

Co-Presenters: Scott Jones, Government of Alberta; Nadine Crookes, Parks Canada This presentation looks at the “Pathway to Canada Target 1...

Fabulous Fifty – Celebration of a Milestone

This session shares a little about the story of Metro Vancouver Regional Parks, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2017. It...

Governance: Thinking differently from Sea­‐to‐Sea-­to Sea

This keynote presentation notes that Banff 2017 offers an opportunity to re-imagine how we might, in the next decades, share power and...

Healthy Parks / Healthy People Workshop

The goals of this workshop were to advance healthy parks practices currently in place and to explore ways of working collaboratively across...

How “Learn to Camp” became a tool for creating community, building capacity for new and existing Canadians

Co-Presenters: Jan Sebastian LaPierre and Chris Surette Presentation points: Lighting the Spark - Connecting children to nature...

Kick Your Park Assets Into the 21st Century / Asset Management in Calgary Parks Using Emerging Technologies

Co-Presenters: 1) Todd Reichardt and Troy Sykes. 2) Jamie Rozema-Stinson and Stacey Warren, Calgary Parks Presentation 1,...

Linking urban and wilderness parks agendas for mutual benefit

This session explores how to build stronger connections from downtown to the wilderness to better link wilderness parks and municipal...

Making the Case for Trails

This presentation looks at new approaches being used to ensure that trails we use today will be around for future generations, how these...

Managing for Ecological Integrity

This workshop focuses on park and protected areas management for ecological integrity and combined several presentations with a workshop/...

Mobile Adventure Playgrounds - Getting back to the basics of play in urban parks

Co-Presenters: Heather Cowie, City of Calgary; Julie Guimmond; Calgary Parks This session looks at how the City of Calgary...

Mood Walks for Youth in Transition

Mood Walks is a provincial program that provides training and support for community mental health organizations across the province of...

National Trail Celebration

This session explores an aggressive agenda that would see development of a National Celebration of Trails, An Accounting of Trail...

Nature Teaches Us to Grieve: The place of parks and nature at end of life

Co-Presenters: Sonya Jakubec, Community Mental Health Nurse-Researcher; Don Carruthers Den Hoed, Alberta Parks East, Kananaskis Area...

Near wilderness - regional parks as a forefront to connect people to nature

Co-Presenters: Mike Walton & Brett Hudson To understand the role played by near wilderness areas within a broader urbanized...

Parks and Protected Areas Governance - Shared Power and Decision Making

This session/workshop examined the current state of governance in Canada drawing from recent research and the barriers to Parks and PAs...

Parks as Green Infrastructure

This session explores how we can all benefit from framing parks as valuable infrastructure assets. Looking at conservation practices and...

Parks dealing with controversy through ‘hot interpretation’: Lessons from Batoche National Historic Site

Parks can facilitate public interaction with controversial topics through ‘hot interpretation’, which promotes affective responses of...

Parks for Health: Nature and the Outdoors as an Antidote for Modern Living

This keynote presentation provides new and compelling evidence supporting the positioning of Parks as a public health intervention to help...

Planning the Ecological Network: lessons learned in local area conservation policy / What do Canadians want? A summary of polling on parks and protected areas

Co-Presenters: 1) Chris Manderson & Travis Shaw, Calgary Parks; 2) Alison Woodley, CPAWS Part 1, Planning the Ecological Network,...

Recovering from natural disaster: How to rebuild the urban forest and community resilience

Co-Presenters: Tammy Robinson, City of Calgary; Amelia Needoba, Diamondhead ConsultingThis presentation looks at how the...

Science-Based Guidance for Reporting Aichi Target 11 / PAME: Lessons Learned

Co-Presenters: Heather Lazaruk, Alberta Environment and Parks, & Jessica Elliot, Yukon Department of Environment, Laura...

State of Knowledge on Nature Connectedness

There is a lack of strong evidence to guide park managers and policy makers on what kinds of activities/experiences best connect people to...

The Critical Importance of Private Land in Achieving Canada’s Conservation Goals

Co-Presenters: Kim Good, Legacy Land Trust; Justin Thompson, Southern Alberta Land Trust; and Pam Wright, Edmonton and Area...

The Halifax Common: 250+ Years of Community Use and Debate

This session looks at the history of the Common, from its establishment in 1763 with 240 acres to about 70 acres in 2007, through ...

Unprecedented investments in Canada’s national parks - catching up with the past while getting ready for the future

In 2014, the Government of Canada announced the injection of nearly $3 Billion into Canada’s national park and national historic site...

Xplorers - Success story with programming for children

This session looks at the Parks Canada Xplorers program, a tailor-made activity-booklet based program for children 6-12. The programs,...

“Science? Who needs it?” How Alberta Parks is engaging with science

This workshop looks at the challenges associated with and best practice approaches for incorporating science and traditional forms of...
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